Police Chaplaincy Program

The Great Falls Police Department’s Chaplaincy Program began in 2010 as an innovative approach to meeting several needs in our community.

Chaplains work with law enforcement personnel by making themselves immediately available as trained and caring professionals. The program’s primary objective is to enhance the department’s ability to offer service to the community by providing a ministry of professional spiritual, social and emotional support to the citizens of Great Falls and members of the department. The Chaplains serve to bridge the gap between law enforcement and counseling, particularly during times of crisis.

DUTIES - Each Chaplain is assigned one week per month as designated “on call” time and must make themselves available to respond quickly to a request from the department. Chaplains are trusted with confidential information and may be asked to provide assistance during these types of scenarios:

  • Death notifications (suicide, homicide, fatal crashes, children)
  • Suicide threats or attempts
  • Sex or violent crimes
  • HRU operations
  • Counseling GFPD personnel (marriage, family, stress, loss)
  • Visit GFPD personnel in the hospital
  • Conduct memorial services
  • Special events


  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a valid MT driver’s license
  • Pass an enhanced background check
  • Be licensed or ordained within their respective denomination or ecclesiastic organization
  • Have at least four years of active ministry experience
  • Be actively involved, either full or part-time, in a pastoral or church ministry
  • Be able to demonstrate compassion, understanding, and effective counsel
  • Relate easily to people

Interested parties may refer to the full position description and must complete the GFPD Volunteer Application. The Chaplaincy Program is administered by Volunteer Coordinator Adrienne Ehrke.